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The Weekend Leader – 1971 War Movie ‘Pippa’ Brings a Forgotten Tank Battle to Life

The Weekend Leader – 1971 War Movie ‘Pippa’ Brings a Forgotten Tank Battle to Life

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On the 50th anniversary of Pakistan’s surrender to India, which officially ended the war of 1971, the makers ‘Pippa’, starring Ishan Khattar and Mrunal Thakur, announced that the film, based on the story of a battle pre-war will be released on December 9, 2022.

‘Pippa’ tells of the amphibious tank battle fought on November 21, 1971 by the C Squadron 45 Cavalry of the Indian Army. Equipped with PT-76 tanks made in the Soviet Union, C Squadron literally swam across the Kabodak River, near the Boyra salient (now in Bangladesh), to face the threat of the then East Pakistan Army commanded by Lieutenant Commander General AAK Niazi. , the officer who eventually signed the deed of surrender on December 16, 1971.

On November 21, 1971, the two warring armies clashed in a tank-on-tank battle at Garibpur. In one fell swoop, Pakistan’s 3 (Independent) Armored Squadron, consisting of 14 American M-24 Chaffee tanks, was completely destroyed, as well as two of the enemy infantry battalions.

The battle might have been forgotten if Sergeant Balram Singh Mehta had not personally reported it in his book ‘The Burning Chaffees’. Brigadier Mehta, who is played by Khattar in the film, which is based on his book, was commissioned into 45 Cavalry on December 15, 1966, and the Battle of Garibpur was the first where he saw armed action.

After early retirement in 1998, Brigadier Mehta, who founded the 13 Armored Regiment in 1984, served the government of Gujarat and also as vice chancellor of universities in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. He is also a strong believer in Transcendental Meditation.

Team ‘Pippa’ captured captivating photos of the upcoming war drama to honor the heroes of the 1971 war. The stills show Ishaan piloting an amphibious tank named ‘Pippa’ (an expression of affection for the PT-76).

The movie will be filmed in Amritsar, West Bengal, Ahmednagar in Maharashtra and Mumbai.

Produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur, and directed by Raja Krishna Menon, the all-star cast also includes Priyanshu Painyuli and Soni Razdan. -IANS

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